What is Say It In 6?

Based on Smith Magazine's "Six-Word Memoirs®" concept, Say It In 6® is a competition that challenges you to tell a story about your graduate experience in a clear, concise, and, most importantly, creative way, using only six words and a visual aid.

Entries will be published on the Graduate School's website and social media pages, and finalists' entries will be displayed at the 3MT competition reception on April 17th. Three cash prizes will be awarded: 1st place $500; 2nd place $400; People's Choice $250. Additionally, Six-Word Memoir books will be awarded to the aforementioned finalists.   

2018 Winners:

First Place : Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle, Liberal Arts

Second Place:  Kristi Crow, Vet Medicine

Audience Favorite: Utami Irawati, Engineering

View Winning Entries

Student Eligibility

The competition is open to all graduate and professional students, non-degree students, and postdoctoral fellows at Purdue University.

Event Details

Submission Deadline: March 28, 2018

People's Choice Voting: Monday, April 2nd- Friday, April 6th

Winners will be announced on April 9, 2018, and winning entries will be displayed at the 3MT competition reception on April 17th.


  • Competitors should submit their six-word story with any accompanying visual aid online by 11:59 p.m. on March 28, 2018.
  • Visual aids are optional.
  • The word portion of your submission should be exactly six words - no more and no fewer. Each word counts as one word, even if two or more are hyphenated.
  • Both the six-word statement and visual aid must be original. Visual aids may be your own photography or artwork, or you may use a photo of yourself with permission of the photographer. Do not submit stock photos or clipart. If you create non-digital art, you may include a digital print or a high-quality photo of your work in your online submission. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will also have the option to bring your original artwork to the Graduate School office to be included at the reception. You may include your six words in your image, but it is not required. Your six words and your name will appear in a caption online.
  • Visual aid submissions must be at least 4.0 MB, but 5.0 MB or larger image files are strongly encouraged. Ideal size is 8 inches x 10 inches at 300 dpi or larger. Digital files are acceptable in JPG and TIFF formats. Original artwork should be 12 x 18 inches in size or smaller.
  • Each competitor will choose one of ten categories in which they would like their entry to be judged. Competitors are free to interpret the categories in whatever ways they wish. The categories are as follows:
    1. Purdue
    2. Resilience
    3. Identity
    4. America
    5. Hope
    6. Compassion
    7. Culture
    8. Happiness
    9. Feminism
    10. Diversity 
  • The Graduate School reserves the right to disqualify entries that use hateful, violent, attacking, or otherwise inappropriate language, or identify FERPA or HIPAA protected information. Entries that are found to not be the original work of the entrant will also be disqualified.
  • The prizes are as follows:
    • 1st place: $500
    • 2nd place: $400
    • People's Choice: $250

Questions? Please contact: sayitin6@purdue.edu

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